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One hell of a birthday present

My favourite game isn't one of any real significance to anyone other than myself really and my memories of the game are sketchy at best.  It was my 9th birthday and The Pars were at home to St. Mirren, my Dad was up from England having split from my Mum a few months previously.  My sister also decided to go to the game despite having absolutely no interest in football but it was the only way to spend some time with our Dad.  

St Mirren went 1-0 up thanks to a stunning free kick from their Icelandic talisman Guðmundur Torfason and it was one of those goals that the opposition score that you just have to admire. However the half-time score was 2-1 to The Pars, Ross Jack having turned the game on it's head scoring a penalty and I think the other goal may have been a header but don't quote me on that.

Despite going in at 2-1 up The Pars hadn't been playing all that well and nowhere near the form that saw us top the Premier almost a month later and according to ex Pars player Stuart Rafferty there was a bust up in the dressing room between Doug Rougvie and assistant manager Ian Munro that led to the big defender having Munro by the throat and recent signing from Bordeaux Istvan Kozma cowering in fear.

The fear must have done something to the Hungarian as in 12 second half minutes he had scored his first 3 Pars goals and showed The Pars fans exactly why Jim Leishman had shelled out £540,000 for him, money current manager Allan Johnston wishes he had for the whole squad never mind one player!  As a touch of class around the 75th minute mark (could be wrong again here) Jim Leishman decided to substitute Kozma who left the pitch to rapturous applause.

Like I said, my recollections are sketchy, I did write a match review at school for my "What I did at the weekend" story but my chances of viewing that are probably non-existent as I don't think Pitreavie Primary School will have it any more! 



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